‘All’s Well’ for Fun Cast at American Players Theatre
All’s Well That Ends Well, American Players Theatre’s second
production, which opened Saturday, is Shakespeare’s Cinderella story, in which
the prince is less than charming and the commoner forced through clever
machinations to win his hand and, perhaps someday, his heart. (Really, honey,
was he worth all the effort?)
In and among love’s
labors not quite lost, Bertram goes to war, falls under the influence of aging
cavalier Parolles (a hilarious Jim DeVita), crosses swords with foes, beds the
wrong maiden and, undone by his own cleverness, falls neatly into Helena’s trap. Some
themes, it seems, truly are eternal.
The best thing about the
three-hour production is how much fun APT’s core company has with its
supporting parts. Arnold and Smoots envelop their characters, as does Sarah
Day, who turns a modest role into a memorable one. Scene-stealer DeVita has the
most fun, chewing his way through difficult dialogue in a threadbare wig and an
In the end, once again,
all ends well for the Spring Green troupe.
Theatre’s All’s Well That Ends Well runs
through Oct. 1.